Germany to open Covid vaccinations to all adults by early June
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government will open Covid-19 vaccinations in Germany to all adults by early June, dropping rules that regulated who is at the front of the queue.
Germany will also allow people who have been fully immunised or who have recovered from the disease to go shopping and visit hairdressers without needing negative tests, Merkel said after talks with regional leaders on Monday.
Germany's government was under pressure to lay out a path toward more normality after a controversial lockdown law went into effect over the weekend, triggering curfews and tougher restrictions across most of Germany.
Germany is battling a stubborn "third wave" of the coronavirus and remains in partial lockdown, with stricter curbs such as nighttime curfews in place for hot spots.
The national seven-day incidence rate per 100,000 people edged up again on Monday and is above a level that triggers the closing of stores, schools, restaurants and cultural venues in most parts of the country.
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